I’ve had a blast over the last year pattern testing and beginning designing for Benartex. Eventually I am going to post linksto the quilts I’ve worked on however their website isn’t working correctly right now. They know and are working on it.
Last Friday I headed into the City to meet with Mells Testa and Natalya Aikens…more on that later. I contacted Susan Neill at Benartex and made arrangements to drop off a couple of quilts to them.
When I walked in David Lochner & Susan were talking so I met them both then had a bit of a quilt reveal in an office. That part was so fun!
Since I usually send the quilts in I never get to see their reactions. When quilts come in from designers or testers Susan make them wait to open the boxes until she get there. I think that’s cool…she loves to be the first to see what gets accomplished with the fabrics!
90% of the time I attach binding with the zipper foot. Oh this makes it soooo easy!
Susan & Jenna gave me a tour of the offices and I got to meet a lot of the designers and saw some of the incredible fabrics that are coming down the line! I can hardly wait they’re so pretty and masculine and feminine and unique and…and…that’s all I can say for now.
I had some time to waste before meeting with Mells and Natalya so I wandered around. I have to say the City is one of the most interesting places. The Holiday decor in the shop windows is amazing! Bright colors and lots of lights. I stopped in an art store across the street from FIT…they have an eclectic mix of supplies that the students might need for their classes everything from rotary cutters, threads & mats to paints and pencils. I picked up some Prismacolor pencils. I’ve wanted some of these for a while and this was a great opportunity.
I met Mells Testa and Natayla Aikens at a restaurant in the City…yes, I do live in NY City but for anyone in the outer boroughs going to Manhattan is going into the City. After lunch we headed over to FIT to see Night & Day an exhibit on womens clothing. The exhibit is open – not behind glass – and to protect the clothing there are alarms that can be tripped if anyone gets too close. Mells tripped the alarm quite frequently. She would lean in to get a closer look at something and beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep. Then too her backpack kept leaping out and whacking me…
Natalya had to catch a particular train at Grand Central so we went with her to walk around a holiday gift fair that is hosted there. My goodness if you need a unique, unusual gift this is the place to go! Next time I head into the City I’m heading over to one of the shops to get some smoked tea. The tea has an actual name that when I hear it I know what it is, the gal at the booth knew exactly what I wanted and told me they carry it in their shop.
Have a Merry Christmas all!
PS I’ll post my teaching schedules at Hartsdale and the quilt cottage this weekend!